It’s actually been a while since I’ve finished the book, so I’m not as in touch with my emotions towards this as I should be, but I do remember lingering feelings of being satisfied and disappointed… or satisfied with being disappointed. This statement actually makes sense, as The Heir books and even The Selection Trilogy always seem so hard to rate, since the books are plain fluffy but also ‘try” to include politics and world-building issues like other books based on science-fiction and dystopias. But, my reaction to them is usually the same — average, average, average (literally). The Crown is different though, even if I rated it around 3 stars like the others, it exceeded the expectations I had for a Cass-written conclusion (expectations fueled by the disaster that was The One). It isn’t perfect at all, but enough to make me smile and maybe feel sad that this series is at its end.
The story begins right where it left off — The palace is in a state of fear and confusion after America has a heart attack and is in critical condition. Eadlyn is in immense stress after witnessing her mother’s accident and the public’s response to her, while dealing with her Selection, having cut her suitors to only 5. As she learns how to handle her future country and appeal herself to everyone living in it, Eadlyn deals with finding love and understanding how big of a part it will play in her life. This installment surprisingly contains more politics and non-fluffy material that Cass’s other books, and while it’s not the most creative or thought-out, I have to applaud Cass for trying to extend her world and its norms. Before, The Selection trilogy’s world-building was nearly disregarded despite being marketed as a Dystopian/Science-Fiction series, and while there slight signs of politics talk, it still kind of failed in that department. Of course, the world-building is not completely fixed now, but there is intrigue and mystery and calculating! Cass tries different things with this book, and it definitely kept me going.